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Prime Minister’s meetings with Ministers of Oman: opportunities for multi-dimensional partnership

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2015 02 04

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On Wednesday, the final day of Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius’s official visit in Oman, two more bilateral meetings took place: with Minister of Foreign Affairs Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah and Minister of Transport and Communications Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Salim al Futaisi.

The Prime Minister has informed about Lithuania’s search for new markets for the Lithuanian products, and has invited the Omani business to invest in Lithuania. Until present, only a few Lithuanian information technology companies pursued their business in Oman, trading in Lithuanian sweets, mineral water and juice has been started; however, the Prime Minister has assured that the potential has not been fully realized, and has invited the Minister of Foreign Affairs to visit Vilnius and get acquainted with Lithuania, its achievements and new opportunities.

In the meeting, the Prime Minister has offered Oman to consider a possibility to open up its embassy in Vilnius. It would be the first embassy of a Persian Gulf state in the Baltic states.

The meeting between the Prime Minister of Lithuania and the Minister of Transport and Communications of Oman has discussed opportunities to share best practices, develop cooperation, and implement joint projects. The Prime Minister has made an overview of Lithuania’s transport and information technology sectors and opportunities therein.

“We believe that it would be beneficial for both countries to cooperate in the field of air transport. Lithuania could become an excellent partner for Oman in transporting cargo by air. We also suggest discussing a possibility to launch direct flights between our states, which would act as a big incentive for tourism”, said the Prime Minister of Lithuania.

To complete Prime Minister Butkevičius’s visit, two documents will be signed on Wednesday: a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the field of information technologies between the Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Lithuania and the Information Technology Authority of the Sultanate of Oman, and a joint communication of the Republic of Lithuania and the Sultanate of Oman, which recognizes the importance of developing bilateral cooperation.